Woods is a contributing writer for the Brooklyn Rail.
We cant think of any other director working in the mainstream today who even comes close to Paul Verhoeven.
Ah, summertime! The aroma of Palmers cocoa butter in the air, everybody wearing less clothes, and having beers in the afternoon. And the beach! Now dont get us wrongwe aint interested in Muscle Beach or Frankie & Annette-type beach movies. Were simply choosing films that have key scenes at or near a beach, and that just have that intangible Summer feeling to them. Get hot!
Aside from several Italian horror movie directors, most folks might not consider Brooklyn a cinematic city. But fortunately for us, directors like Walter Hill, John Badham, Nick Gomez, Spike Lee have seen fit to represent for the rest of us.